April 7, 2013 Subject:
Not a ripoff - Not plagiarism. Do your research.
I don't know if anyone has pointed this out yet, but the other reviewer claiming this is a ripoff of "Connections" is WRONG.
"Your Chance To Live" (1972) predates "Connections"(1978-79) by about 6 years.
The internet is your friend. Use it.
Reviewer:MC Oral B
February 26, 2012 Subject:
I don't know if anyone has pointed this out yet, but this is a complete ripoff of the wonderful James Burke series "Connections". Watch just the first episode and you'll see how "gangsta" Burke is, and how shamelessly this film ripped him off and fell short.
Many people mention the "meandering" of this film. Watch the show this was based on that got it so right. (I never thought I would see a man wear leisure suits and pull it off with such badassery)
I rated this with one star because I detest stealing other peoples work and not even acknowledging it. For shame, civil defense department.
On the other hand, if I was rating it based on how much I love to hate it (i.e. MST3K) I would give it a solid 4.
On second thought, the film isn't that bad, even if it is dated. The moral, that everyone should know how to respond to a "technological failure", is sound and some useful example are given. Overall though, the film seems to meander, as another reviewer put it, and the "pioneer days" comparison is questionable on several levels. Even then people were depended on technology that was beyond them. The kerosene shown being poured into lamps was refined in a process no farmer was likely to know or be able to replicate.
March 28, 2009 Subject:
A very weird, meandering film that can't seem to focus on its message.
On the bright side, you get to see the man behind that famous voice (narrator Peter Thomas).
December 18, 2006 Subject:
Bloated script, but decent movie
Hey, this film isn't half bad. It's got good music, and a handsome narrator (who looks like a very tired Sherlock Holmes). Our host provides us with such insightful nuggets as the following:
"But when technology advances, we always find time to laugh, perhaps too hard, at pictures of machines, those products of our minds and times, making us look ridiculous... Befuddling us."
But if you can forgive the bloated script, this film is all right. There are a lot of nice shots, and some good points are made besides. (We really don't understand much about most of the everyday appliances we use--much less know how to fix them).
That said, this flick could have been a lot shorter if Sherlock would stop trying to give us a vocab lesson.
So this film purports, in it's all too roundabout way, that man hasn't learned anything from technology. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Interesting topic, though it does take it's sweet time to explain it, then at the end you're like, that's it? Meh.
October 6, 2004 Subject:
This scatterbrained program can't seem to find a theme. Is it about overreliance on technology, household disasters, or what?
I do have to agree with one of the that the beginning sequence is strongly reminiscent of some sort of "reprogramming" sequence from a bad SF flick.
July 17, 2004 Subject:
And Your Point?
An 11-and-a-half-minute setup that makes a 20-second point. "Technology today can be dangerous, so be prepared to take appropriate steps during electrical/gas fires and blackouts." So there; now you know. For that, we go to the moon and then back in time to early flight and rural America. Huh?
A waste of time.
March 14, 2004 Subject:
This boring film fails to make a strong point about anything. However, some may find it useful as stock footage from the early '80's (judging by the looks of it, and the Space Shuttle reference). Specifically, fires, blackouts, machinery, danger signs and the like are in abundance. Also contains the ubiquitous old-timey footage of those wacky early airplane experiments gone awry. And finally, the narrator's voice will be very familiar--he's a well-known voiceover guy, and yes, we finally see his face here.
Skip it unless you need the footage.
October 24, 2003 Subject:
Still uninsightful and incorrect
After reading dynayellow's review, I watched this film again thinking I missed something. I did: it rips off the far superior first episode of James Burke's original "Connections" series.
The film's implication that your grandparents world was without technological risk shows a lack of understanding of what technology is: the wooden cart that could break and dump 2 tons on hay on gramps, the axe that junior could accidentally chop his foot off with, and the oil lamp that might set the house on fire, ALL of those are technologies that can kill. Portraying some idyllic old-time world as without risk is disingenuous. And while I was re-wording this revised review, the archive.org site failed, an example of my chance to "live" through a technological failure! While they show the "modern" guy burning his toast and his car not starting, this has nothing to do with his "chance to live." I dare say he will survive.
Although the opening sequence is entertaining, this film isn't old or ridiculous enough to be funny. It's just bad.
September 9, 2003 Subject:
Makes ya think, don't it?
Presents a few helpful safety tips (putting out electrical and grease fires) in the context of talking about how most people simply don't understand the technological infrastructure that helps them live their daily lives. If my car breaks, I can't fix it; if my water goes out, I don't know where I'd get a supply; if my electricity goes out, there's little I can do until someone else fixes it.
An interesting counterpiece to the better-faster-more-powerful-right-now mentality. Doesn't advocate less technology, simply that people be more thoughtful about all the ways it affects us, and how utterly dependent on it we are.
Oh... do not watch the opening credits while under the influence of anything. Very trippy; looks like one of those films they'd show in a sci-fi movie to "reeducate someone."
byFar West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development; Lowery, Tamara C; United States. Defense Civil Preparedness Agency; Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. Your chance to live